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Let the Packing Begin!

By , August 10th, 2012 9:03am


School is about to start and that means we are gearing up for the most important school supply of all – food! Volunteers have begun the process of packing Food 4 Kids packets this month to ensure students who experience food insecurity on the weekend have something to eat.  For children who participate in the program come notable differences: grades improve, behavioral problems diminish, attendance at school is better – truancy dissolves, students are ready and prepared to learn on Monday mornings, and overall attitude towards school improves immensely.  Receiving the backpack of food helps students to be able to concentrate on class, improve their learning skills and propel their education forward.

If you would like to help make Food 4 Kids packets, give us a call at 265-3663 and ask for Larry.  We have volunteer opportunities for groups from 1 – 100 all throughout the school year.

Dillons is Bringing Hope to the Table July 28 to Aug 10

By , July 26th, 2012 10:43am

Dillons stores are once again bringing “Hope to the Table” to help raise money for the Food 4 Kids program.  This project kicks off on Saturday, July 28 and runs for two weeks.  Customers have the opportunity to purchase specially marked boxes for $5 or $10 each.  One hundred percent of the funds collected will be used to provide food for over 6,500 chronically hungry children across our 85 county service area.

Participating Dillons Stores are located in the following communities:

Arkansas City

Become a Child Hunger Hero with Taco Bell & Pizza Hut July 9 to August 5

By , July 9th, 2012 8:59am

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Every Friday during the school year, the Kansas Food Bank provides backpacks of food for children who don’t get enough to eat at home on the weekends. From July 9th through August 5th, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell restaurants will ask customers to donate $1 to become a “Child Hunger Hero” and help fill backpacks for these children for the 2012-2013 school year.

If a child does not get enough food outside of school he or she is considered food insecure.  Kansas has over 158,000 food insecure children.  For children who participate in the program come notable differences:  grades improve, behavioral problems diminish, attendance at school is better – truancy dissolves, students are ready and prepared to learn on Monday mornings and overall attitude towards school improves immensely.

These are students who before receiving the backpack of weekend food were children who were often the most at risk.  They came to school hungry, their focus at the start of the week is “when is lunch”.   Receiving the backpack of food helped them to be able to concentrate on class, improve their learning skills and propel their education forward.

Currently, the Food-4-Kid’s Backpack Program is serving over 6,500 kids across Kansas alone.

Each backpack contains food the kids can just open and eat.  For example, there may be peanut butter, pudding cups, fruit cups, cereal, beef jerky, raisins, milk and a juice box in the backpack.  Each food bag costs roughly $4 to make and lasts the child for the weekend.

If you would like to help chronically hungry children in the Kansas Food Bank service area,  go to your local Pizza Hut or Taco Bell to donate from July 9th through August 5th and become a Child Hunger Hero!

We did it!

By , April 11th, 2012 2:46pm

A major milestone has been hit here at your Kansas Food Bank.  We are so thrilled to announce that as of March 29, 2012 a hunger relief partner has been secured and served in all 85 counties that we cover.  It has been a long, hard road but one that we feel so worth the trip.

Over that past 9 months we have worked diligently to ensure each and every county has access to the Kansas Food Bank.  Whether that partner is a food pantry, soup kitchen, shelter, mobile drop site, Food 4 Kids School or SNAP Outreach location, we have successfully made an impact in ensuring No Kansan Go Hungry.

The connections we have made will be everlasting.  They are connections that will help us continue to fulfill our mission.  They are connections with people just like us who would and will do whatever it takes to make sure our hungry friends and neighbors have access to food.  Our hunger care partners make us proud and we could not do what we do without them.  They are an extension of us and we are honored to work with each and every one of them.

And now we can successfully say, all 85 counties are served and will continue to be served!

Help us Outnumber Hunger!

By , April 11th, 2012 2:03pm

Through Feeding America’s new partnership, when you buy participating General Mills products, you can enter the code on the box online and your Kansas Food Bank will receive a donation worth 5 meals!  Look for the Outnumber Hunger logo on products at the store, then go online at www.outnumberhunger.com and enter those item numbers. Giving couldn’t be easier!

Participating brands include:
• Lucky Charms® Cereal
• Reese’s Puffs® Cereal
• Cheerios® Cereal
• Apple Cinnamon Cheerios® Cereal
• Cookie Crisp® Cereal
• Pillsbury® Ready to Bake™ Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Betty Crocker® Wild Blueberry Muffins
• Betty Crocker® Banana Nut Muffins
• Betty Crocker® Chocolate Chip Muffins
• Bisquick® Baking Mix
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Pepperoni
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Combination
• Totino’s® Party Pizza® Cheese
• Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® Pepperoni
• Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® Combination
• Green Giant® Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
• Green Giant® Garden Vegetable Medley
• Green Giant® Green Beans & Almonds
• Betty Crocker® Au Gratin Potatoes
• Betty Crocker® Scalloped Potatoes
• Fiber One® Oats & Chocolate Chewy Bars
• Fiber One® Oats & Peanut Butter Bars
• Chocolate Chex Mix® Snack – Turtle
• Sweet’n Salty Chex Mix® Snack – Honey Nut
• Bugles® Original
• Sunkist® Fruit Flavored Shapes
• Sunkist® Fruit Rollups

In addition, you can follow Big Machine Label Group artists on Facebook and Twitter to get access to special codes that can trigger donations for the Kansas Food Bank.  KFB can receive $0.65 (a five meal donation) for every code generated by a supporter of your food bank.

Participating BMLG artists include: Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Reba, Martina McBride, Eli Young Band, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge,   Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Ella Mae Bowen and Thomas Rhett Akins.



Doing Our Part to Offer More Fresh Produce

By , March 12th, 2012 9:50am

This March, your Kansas Food Bank is recognizing National Nutrition Month® in honor of the nearly 49 million Americans that lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Right now, 1 in 6 Americans is struggling with hunger. Though we cannot tell who is hungry from the clothes people wear, the jobs they work, or the color of their skin, an apple a day is out of reach for nearly 49 million Americans. Approximately 14.5 percent of American households lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Here at the Kansas Food Bank, we have made a commitment to increase the amount of fresh produce we offer to our agency partners. Because of this, our produce distribution jumped from 200,000 pounds in 2010 to just over 1 million pounds in 2011. And for 2012, we are projected to distribute 1.5 million pounds.

Fresh produce is often the first thing that gets cut from the grocery budget for cash strapped families. Those at risk of hunger often cannot afford preventative and follow-up healthcare services. For this vulnerable population, access to nutritious foods is vital in maintaining good health. We would not be able to continue this critical work and provide nutritious foods without the support of our community.

Together, we can provide hope to Kansans in need for a better, healthier tomorrow.

From Your Home to Theirs – Making a Difference, One Donation at a Time

By , March 12th, 2012 9:46am

Follow the Food!  What exactly happens to the food that is brought into the warehouse and placed in the bin at the front desk? First it goes off to the sort room where it is packed with like items in boxes. From there, it moves to the racks where it awaits an agency order.  Once asked for by one of our partner agencies, it goes onto a pallet with all the other items the agency ordered and it is ready for pick up or transport to the agency. At the agency, it gets unloaded onto their shelves and is ready for its final destination, to a family home where it will be greatly appreciated.

A Glance Into the Food Bank Schedule – February

By , February 3rd, 2012 11:19am

Have you ever wondered what our schedule looks like here at the Kansas Food Bank?  We thought it would be fun to share with everyone.  Here is a look at what happens throughout the month.

First of all, there are several activities that happen daily at the food bank:

  • Volunteers pack Food 4 Kids packets to serve over 6,400 children a week, in more than 100 school districts across the state
  • Drivers pick up donations at local retailers, this is food that would otherwise have been destroyed
  • Warehouse staff pull and pack orders for all of the agencies
  • Agencies in and around Wichita come in to pick up their orders
  • Trucks from all over the country deliver product to us that must be inventoried and processed
  • We answer numerous phone calls directing people to pantries for food assistance

During the first six working days of the month our delivery team of staff and volunteers deliver Food 4 Kids (F4K) Packets to Sedgwick County and surrounding areas.   The other F4K packets are piggy-backed on to our rural delivery routes to help us keep our costs minimal.

Feb 1 – Order Day.  This is the day when all the agencies can call in to place their order.  They receive a shopping list and at 8:00 a.m. the frenzy begins!  This month we processed 80 agency orders totaling just over 175,000 pounds of product, and that was just the first day!  Our agencies get to pick and choose what they want to distribute and sometimes things go really fast off the shopping list.  (Just how many fruit cakes can we move?  That was the hot ticket item this month!)

Feb 2 – Agency orders along with F4K backpacks for the Concordia and Junction City route are delivered by our driver.

Feb 3 – Agency orders for Southeast Kansas are delivered to our warehouse in Independence.  From there, agencies either pick up their order or we deliver to them based on geographic location.  And throughout the month, our delivery team in SE KS travels that area to dispense backpacks to our school partners.

Also this is a commodity month, so for three days we are busy receiving two semi-loads of food,  sorting product for the TEFAP distributors in Sedgwick County.

Feb 8 –  We are on the road delivering to the Dodge City and Garden City area.   Along with the F4K packets, eleven agencies in that area depend on us to make the monthly trek out west.

Feb 10 – It’s back on the road again for our driver.  This time to the East border of the state.  We stop in Toronto, Iola, Ft Scott, Prescott and LaCygne for agencies and several schools in-between.  Then it’s over to Garnett for F4K as well as our first mobile pantry into Anderson County.

Feb 13 & 14 – We take off for Salina to drop orders and then head to the far NW corner of Kansas.  We hit Victoria, Ellis and Colby on the way to our final stop of the day in Goodland.  The next morning the driver heads to St. Francis, Bird City, Phillipsburg, Alton and ends in Beloit.  The schools on this route are worked in to optimize our delivery costs.

Feb 14, 15 & 16 – Computer training for our staff.  We are working towards getting a long awaited upgrade to our computer system.  That means we will all be bleary eyed by the end of the last day!

Feb 16 – The rural driver is off to Liberal.  Along the way he stops in Bloom & Plains.  Then after the drop in Liberal it is off to Hugoton and Ulysses and finally back home.  And we can’t forget the schools, F4K packets make the trip too!

Feb 20 – Time for the Hays run.  Our driver delivers to Hays, Larned & Great Bend as well as numerous schools.

Feb 22 – Then final rural delivery route is dispatched to Emporia where we serve eleven different agencies and schools in the surrounding area.

Feb 29 – A quick inventory and recount of items for the shopping list is completed and we start all over in March.

Who knew, so much goes on here as we strive to meet the needs of food insecure Kansans, providing all or part of a meal to 32,000 of those in need each and every week!




Food Bank Holiday Hours

By , December 22nd, 2011 3:00pm

In celebration of the upcoming Holidays, the Kansas Food Bank will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd so our employees can spend time with their families.

A Delicious Food Drive at Bocconcini

By , December 9th, 2011 11:07am

Bocconcini Italian Eatery at 4811 E. Central in Wichita is running a yummy food drive for us through the end of December. Bring in any 3 non-perishable canned food items and receive a free homemade tiramisu! YUM!

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